The architect invited the public to stay informed and evaluate each step in the well-being of their physical and mental health. (Alberto Bartolomei)
For 19 years, the architect Astrid Díaz has led the “Safe House” project, which includes an annual fair in the Central Atrium of the Plaza Las Américas shopping center. This year, due to the health emergency of COVID-19 , the event was transferred to the digital and printed platforms of GFR Media in an exclusive alliance for the benefit of Puerto Ricans.
“'Safe House', this virtual year, is a human nature campaign to establish a culture of emergency for the tranquility of the families of Puerto Rico. This includes the situation related to the coronavirus. Having broad and continuous access to advice to prepare the home for any natural threat through robust content, interviews, writings and capsules, allows us to enter the heart of each family to protect their life and property ”, said the architect .
From Saturday, August 8, users will enjoy checklists with “DIY” (Do It Yourself) elements in the Design & Construction (El Nuevo Día) and Pa 'Aprender (First Hour) sections on earthquakes, drought, hurricanes , COVID-19 and other natural hazards. The content will also be available on elnuevodia.com and primerahora.com with the integration of videos.
“I am very enthusiastic and eager to bring peace of mind to people. During the last weeks I have perceived too much anxiety and it is normal for everything we are experiencing. We are human and it is part of the process, but for that I will reach the home of each one through this alliance, to impart peace and knowledge, “said the collaborator of El Nuevo Día.
Along these lines, Díaz, who recently completed his continuing education accreditation from the American Institute of Architects, invited citizens to stay informed and evaluate each step in the well-being of their physical and mental health.
“When we talk about a safe house, we talk about developing a structural and mental safety plan. This year the preparations are different because we are facing an unprecedented triplet (earthquakes, pandemic and hurricane season) simultaneously. In other words, we must have a well-established plan in case we have to evacuate, but also identify and enable rooms and areas of the home for those who are sick and cannot leave ”, suggested the expert.
This edition of “Safe House” also includes alternatives to handle fires and bomb threats, situations that, according to the host, no one is exempt and can arise at any time.
For his part, the commercial vice president of GFR Media, Carlos Moreno Hernández, was grateful and enthusiastic about the alliance with the architect Díaz.
“Through an exclusive alliance between GFR Media and the architect Astrid Díaz and her project 'Casa Segura', we can offer all Puerto Ricans content of educational and audiovisual value and of great relevance, particularly in this era. The plan is to share information on a wide variety of topics, with practical advice on how to protect the structures of our homes from natural hazards like hurricanes and earthquakes, ”Moreno said.
By way of conclusion, Díaz said that, after this edition, Puerto Rico will be ready to react to any atmospheric event and only in this way will a resilient country be achieved regardless of the time or circumstance.